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The satellite Comedy Channel was given a low-key switch-off last week after just one year on the air, to be replaced by a third movie channel. A BSkyB spokesperson explained: 'It was not getting the ratings we hoped for; it was an idea before its time. It was a good channel when it was launched, but it became less attractive when the contract to show BBC material was lost. But it served its purpose: it was launched as a softener for putting up the price of the two movie channels.'

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